Choosing The Best Replacement Windows
Window Location: Always consider the area of the house where the window will be located when selecting a new window. For air circulation in a kitchen, casement windows are a good option, while bay windows may work well in a living room. In addition, consider how you will open and clean the windows. Double-hung replacement windows with tilting sashes may work well in a bedroom but not over a kitchen sink. One recommendation we have is to grab pen and paper and jot down each window you want to replace and what considerations rank highest for that particlular space; ventilation, security, cleaning, maintenance, etc. This will usually bring to focus the best replacement window for your needs.
Energy Efficiency of Window: Energy efficient windows are best if you are trying to save money on heating and cooling bills. Use the NFCR and Energy Star ratings to find the window that will best meet your needs. Resilience: For long-lasting quality, choose windows known for their durability. Companies with a repuation for creating durable windows include Milgard, Pella, and Anderson windows.
Finding The Best Replacement Windows - Continued
Storm Windows: For greatest wind resistance, choose windows based on their AAMA air filtration or NFRC ratings. Wood windows, which are easily repaired, may be best for replacement storm windows, as vinyl storm windows tend to withstand wind less. Read more on storm windows.
A professional window consultant and online information can help you decide on the replacement windows that will work best for you and your home.
Consumer Reports Ranks Replacement Window Companies (October 2007)
The following is a consumer reports list of the best windows based on ratings for wind and rain resistance, durability and convenience.
Window - Manufacturer - Material
Clad Ultimate - Marvin Windows and Doors - Wood Window
Wood Ultrex Integrity - Marvin Windows and Doors - Wood Window
400 Series Tilt Wash - Andersen Windows - Wood Window
ProLine - Pella Corp. - Wood Window
200 Series Tilt Wash - Andersen Windows - Wood Window
Designer Series Precision Fit - Pella Corp. - Wood Window
500 Series - Peachtree Windows and Doors - Wood Window
Select Clad - Crestline Windows & Patio Doors - Wood Window
Weather Shield Custom Shield - Weather Shield Windows & Doors - Wood Window
Premium Wood Tradition Plus - Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors - Wood Window
5600 Series - Reliabilt/Survivor Windows - Vinyl Window
UltraMaxx Replacement - Alside - Vinyl Window
9500 Series - American Craftsman - Vinyl Window
Bryan Mawr II - CertainTeed Corp. - Vinyl Window
CrestFit Vinyl - Crestline - Vinyl Window
ThermaStar 25 Series - Pella Corp. - Vinyl Window
Impervia - Pella Corp. - Fiberglass Window